An orthopedic bed, a roasted beef, a simply heartfelt stroke of hospitality
Coined terms for socials like “intimate gathering” and “celebrate responsibly” prove that the pandemic mutated our ways on how to celebrate. Now that the Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations are fast approaching, how do you plan to spend them?
“Resting on an orthopedic bed, waiting for the melt-in-your-mouth roasted beef to be served while feeling that simply heartfelt stroke of hospitality the entire time.” Well, if that imagery dazzles you, then this list of Yuletide offerings below deserves deliberation.
A merry appetite awaits with Acacia’s Holiday Flavours offered from Christmas Eve until December 26. The Christmas buffet spread features Western and Asian cuisine along with the luscious highlights at Waling Waling Café such as Lechon Roll, Roasted Beef Chuck Roll, and Roasted Turkey.
… AND AMERRY STAYCATION
A laid-back holiday fun? Gift yourself and your family that unforgettable holiday getaway with a genuine Filipino hospitality that is simply heartfelt!
A more affordable offer exists too with “‘Tis The Season” room package at Php3,888 nett per room per night which includes Breakfast for Two and a surprise Christmas gift.
NEW YEAR’S EVE DEALS
The trendiest and most functional accessory in the past two years takes center stage! Do not forget to dazzle your mask and win exciting prizes as we greet 2022. Acacia’s New Year’s Eve Dinner Buffet is priced at Php 2,488 nett per person on December 31, 2021 at Aves Function Hall.
A fine dining experience on New Year’s Eve is also available! A 4-Course Set Dinner at Php 1,888.00 nett per person is offered at Acacia’s Waling Waling Cafe.
For a more budget-friendly option, “In With a Bang” room package at Php 4,288 nett per room per night entitles you with a Breakfast for Two and complimentary party hats and trumpet.
You will not see any chimney from afar looking at Acacia Hotel Davao nor any fireplace in any of its suites. But the warmth inside, especially this Yuletide season is different. Why? Because it’s simply heartfelt no matter how you would want to celebrate the Holidays. You deserve to get that holiday feeling.
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These were just some of the stories of heartfelt solace that would make you feel that they all seem ready to assist you in Acacia and at that, they mean doing it sincerely!
At last! After 10 months in business exile from Davao due to the pandemic, I was able to visit the city for my unit’s recruitment and sales roadshow. And since it is my first long trip after months of work-from-home only dealings, I made it imperative to stay in the city’s newest hotel plus a 3-day trip to Governor Generoso.
LEISURE: Where The Davao Gulf And The Pacific Ocean Meet
Due to matrimonial considerations, this trip started with the leisurely part. Governor Generoso, Davao Oriental is a 4-hour drive from Davao city. It is famous for Cape San Agustin. Reaching the trio lighthouses was literally reaching the terminus of the Philippine road. The view from the top though was truly an emancipating experience for my long-quarantined senses. A refreshing prelude before the meetings in the city.
BUSINESS: Where Davao’s Latest Hotel Amenities And Heartfelt Hospitality Meet
Acacia Hotel Davao was my only preference for this trip. Apart from its 11 event spaces, I was thrilled to do my intimate meetings about finance at the exclusive club lounge on the 10th floor. Most importantly, its location along JP Laurel is easily accessible for my recruits and prospect owners to meet me.
What made a mark for a recommendation from this stay though was the thoughtfulness of the staff.
As soon as I opened the car trunk to prepare the bags for check-in, the guard at the basement parking, who was carefully directing an entrant car, asked me if I would like to request a bell service staff. This appears to be usual in a hotel but that initiative was irresistibly comforting for someone who came from a 4-hour drive, with luggage for four to be unloaded. A few minutes after, the bellhop arrived with a luggage cart.
The staff was indeed pampering. We requested the breakfast meals the next morning to be served in-room for my mom, sister, and Jasmine, and my little dapper, who chose to stay in bed and rest more. They delivered it instantly without any charges. These were just some of the stories of heartfelt solace that would make you feel that they all seem ready to assist you in Acacia and at that, they mean doing it sincerely!
And oh! I just simply love the sizing of their bath robes. hakhak It fits just right. You know what I mean! (versus the baggy, mascot-suit-like ones)
Real, Than Reel Meetings
The post-vax business dealings might not swiftly resume to the office. Thus, a hotel for both business and leisurely use is indeed a significant preference for scheduled work trips. You may have mastered creating new businesses through virtual meetings for how many months, but do not ever forget that selling has its “personal” component. Visiting both your prospects and existing partners is knowing their needs better, simplifying business negotiations, cultivating the relationship, and improving your well-being.
I shop more in September than in December. The first reason is, I intend to spoil myself with rewards during my birth month (I work like hell while waiting for September.) Second, I gradually start shopping for Christmas gift items earlier to avoid the Yuletide bustle from sensationalized “Christmas Sale” and “Year-End Sale”. How about you? Have you set a shopping schedule for your self?
This month-long liveblog is dedicated to document my shopping behavior throughout September. Concurrently, it aspires to review the items which you might be interested of buying as well. Johndappercloser earns when you shop such items through the links below. It is rest assured that we only feature here an item which we vouch for quality and reasonability.
First Haul: The Vax Box
Knit Vest (Khaki, Medium) : This is the item that I am most excited to wear from the first haul. I intend to strut with this as a sole top on my anti-Covid19 vax day. (Well, let us see!). Furthermore, with its color and fit, this is a perfect layering piece both for the virtual Yuletide invitations and year-end branch e-gatherings at work. SHOP IT HERE NOW: https://shp.ee/xnub2y7
Sweat Short (Brown) : Tentatively, this is the pair-in-mind of the vest for my vax day garb. I have been really looking for a loose white pants though for a better look. Nevertheless, this short is a sure favorite piece for home workout, lounging and athliesure-ly strolls. I also got a bloody red one. SHOP IT HERE NOW: https://shp.ee/rn5b6kp
Cylinder Bag (White) : I find the shape of this bag really unique and functional. This would be a complementary accessory for those comfortable fits you don for errands (wearing this for vax day as well). Its size looks easy to carry yet can contain your extra mask, alcohol spray, face shield, quarantine pass and your phone. An extra shirt can still hitch as well. SHOP IT HERE NOW: https://shp.ee/qbw8t5p
Silicone Mask (Transparent) : I really do not guarantee the protective function of this mask when used alone. I purchased this because I plan to wear it with a brown surgical mask as an inner mask to enhance filtration power. Aesthetically, that way it gives a look like you are only wearing one mask. Consider this a double masking style tip. Try it on! SHOP IT HERE NOW: https://shp.ee/tdjj7i7
Automatic Alcohol Dispenser (White) : Seamless hand disinfection! If you are like me who is whiny to the challenging act of spraying a sanitizer onto my palms, you will love to buy more than one of this dispenser with ultra-sensitive infrared sensor. Perhaps, one for each room in your house. Easy to refill, battery life saver, non-drip design. SHOP IT HERE NOW: https://shp.ee/fz7u287
Shopping is owning what you need. Thus, we are all shoppers. We buy things that we need from time to time. The only bad thing one gets from shopping though, is when one does it without a schedule, thus compromising the other financial needs. Do not just shop because it is a leisurely thing to do nor since the item is cheaper. You can “add to cart” all the time. But “check out” deliberately.
By scheduling, this means shopping at the set time. A time when your target budget is already available. Set. Schedule. Shop! Until the next box!
You need these like a bowl of piping hot Jjamppong on a breezy night.
I am sure you miss your workspace, your work buddy, or your work rival should you have one, or perhaps a work lover whom the HR did not know about. If you do so, well, you are not alone! It is because of such longing that I was able to rediscover entertainment during my breaks from work-from-home sessions. I consumed a genre of entertainment from our Asian siblings up north: popular Korean TV series.
As a new certified K-drama fan, I started listing K-series with plots revolving around sales and marketing, business, and finance. Believe me. They make good versions of those types of series aside from their undoubtedly appetizing Kimchi. My list is still a short collection, but I am excited to discover more of this genre, knowing that I can smoothly stream videos using my phone or laptop at home.
My only criterion: Series that are focused on business or sales, with romance on the side, instead of the other way around.
This series has got to be the number one. Sales executives would exactly see themselves in Mr. Ga. From your first rejection as an intern to the first promotion of your first mentee, you will definitely enjoy reminiscing your journey climbing the corporate ladder while watching the series. The “Sell me this- “ scenes like that of Jordan Belfort’s “Sell Me This Pen” in The Wolf of Wall Streetare surely both a savory dose of entertainment and a subtle review of your closing skills. Dapper alert: You will love his suit and necktie combos.
2. Itaewon Class
The most compelling lesson for me in this series is how your gains from an investment can actually buy the corporate empire of your mentor (or enemy). The motivational message of realizing such a dream was so clearly and artistically unfolded. It provided me a lot of realizations while I was bingeing on the episodes. The series also shows how social media marketing works, how important it is to take care of your people, and how strategic it is to bend your principles when your business necessitates it.
The two Korean business rom-com series I recommended somehow served as a therapy to my yearning of going back to office-based work. The scenes made me look at relatable corporate encounters from a different perspective, which I am excited to apply once we all go back to work face-to-face.
Play a little. Play an episode between video conferences or during days off. Trust me. You need those like a bowl of piping hot Jjamppong on a breezy night. Give yourself some air and lay low for some time. Take a break from beefing up resumes and amassing sales incentives. Do not worry. Your work rival is doing the same. He is reading this.
When you have been to Davao city recently, it makes sense to say that President Duterte’s hometown is championing its campaign to be the country’s top “Bleisure” destination (Business and Leisure). Acacia, a world class homegrown hotel brand with branches in Manila and Bacolod could not agree more to this. The hotel brand is expected to greet its guests “Madayaw!” with its heartfelt stroke of hospitality this November.
Acacia Hotel Davao adds to the charming bustling stretch of JP Laurel street as you traverse Lanang area. It is across the Carmelite church, sandwiched by SM Lanang Premier Mall and Davao-grown CrossFit gym, Madayaw North. The Tim Tebow CURE Hospital, Lanang Premiere Doctors Hospital, Inc. (opens soon) and seafood haven, Blue Post Boiling Crabs & Shrimps are just three buildings away. The Davao Museum of History and Ethnography at Insular Village is just a five-minute-ride away. The Island Garden City of Samal is just 15 minutes away. It takes 20 minutes to Francisco Bangoy International Airport.
Acacia Hotel Davao offers exclusive benefits and privileges in the Club Lounge when you stay in one of the premier rooms and suites for a more unique and personalized experience.
The hotel offers impressive views of the north. Fill your eyes with astonishment when you witness the immersive ocean view of Samal Islands from some of the 260-well appointed guest rooms.
Local and international cuisine with regional flavors await to both local and foreign guests. The Waling-Waling Cafe offers a wide selection of freshly cooked local cuisine and regional classics. Luk Foo Palace Chinese Restaurant serves high-end Cantonese specialties with distinct flavors.
Acacia Fit, the hotel’s gym is geared with updated equipment centered around wellness. The Venado Pool Bar at the 3rd floor serves refreshments and cocktails while enjoying the swimming pool for a perfect getaway.
Acacia Hotel Davao owns a Grand Ballroom which can accommodate up to 350 persons with convenient and functional facilities. There are also 9 smaller event venues perfect for memorable and intimate celebrations or even for business events.
Built with world class facilities, surely “Acacia” is soon to be a term used by the Davaoenos and Davao visitors to refer not just to that enchanting, colossal, endemic, shade-providing tree.
“Acacia” in Davao, pertains to that colossal hotel in front of SM Lanang Premier, with enchanting interiors and facilities, serving international dishes with endemic to Davao flavors. Uniquely, it bears a brand of hospitality that nurtures ultimate metropolitan rest and relaxation like a shade an urban tree gives on an extremely hot day for business, leisure or both.
Grocery shopping after all is a task for survival acuity.
O- Olive products (Olive oil for cooking, tinned olives for sandwiches and pastas)
P- Protein Bars
Q- Quick to prepare mixes ( pancake, pizza, canned soups)
S- Sauces and spreads (spices, condiments, dips, dressings)
Below is the complete A-Z grocery list with photos. Scroll down.
You work hard on weekdays. You unwind at one of the city’s entertainment hubs on weekends. A typical “Yuppie” – a young urban professional. Also, you shop your own grocery needs as you listed, as you budgeted, as you scheduled.
Grocery shopping is an “#adulting” agendum. Who is not doing his own grocery shopping as an adult by the way? Your mastery of it reflects how skillful you are in terms of budgeting your fund for food from payday to payday while partaking healthy meals to fuel you in every workday. It is safe to say that a well-experienced grocery shopper is financially and physiologically healthy. You do not agree if you are not. Tell me. Are you?
MY GROCERY SHOPPING LIST
The day after every payday is my ideal grocery shopping day. My grocery list on the other hand has a 60% regular and 40% elective choices.
sliced bread (I get excited making my own sandwich for work.)
Protein: broccoli, peanuts, eggs, meat
carrots, tomatoes, packed sliced fruits
Rice and oatmeal with milk
canned tuna, canned corned beef, instant pancit canton
detergent, exfoliating and bactericidal soaps, hair conditioner
gargling solution and whitening toothpaste
wet wipes, rubbing alcohol (My work requires a lot of hand shakes and loads of talking.)
The 40% is influenced by first, the kind of spread I want in my work sandwich for the next two weeks. Second, the recipes I want to try after from social media food pages or health articles I read weeks before. Lastly, the cravings for Mr Chips or moist chocolate cake or Spam. I set aside PhP 2,000 every two weeks for food.
if you have the opportunity to get something of better quality (imported or local) at more affordable bar codes (S&R member), why not punch it in?!
My list is fun and flexible. I make health-conscious food choices by considering the simple Go-Grow-Glow taxonomy. My grooming list is basic. My sandwich spread recipes are ever changing. There are items in the list which need to be re-supplied every shop. There are also those which can be bought in larger package to hoard. Larger packs help you save both budget and shopping energy.
How I stock supplies and save budget through the S&R Members’ Treat Sale
The S&R Members’ Treat Sale is a grocery sale to look forward twice a year. It happens every March and September (Set a reminder on your smartphone, Yuppie!). This is when quality imported grocery items are priced at 50% less.
What makes me choose to grocery shop at S&R is beyond the product connotation of “imported”, “stateside”, “pang-mayaman/ pang-dato”. I support local products too (Sukang Pinakurat, Lucky Me Pancit Canton and Holiday Corned Beef join the conversation). Food Regulatory Agencies from other countries though, have stringent and thoughtful criteria on retaining nutrients from their food products. The advanced technology of their food industry is a supplementary factor too. These make the products more ideal for hoarding. Buy it at large portions. Stock it for a month extended supply than usual. The taste is obviously unique too. A two-month taste break from the usual flavors makes your gastronomic routine more appetizing. Finally, if you have the opportunity to get something of better quality (imported or local) at more affordable bar codes (S&R member), why not punch it in?!
S&R (Sol and Robert Price) is a membership-shopping club modeled after the warehouse shopping chains introduced in the United States. Most of the imported products offered are in club packs which include fresh produce and fruits, Australian/New Zealand beef, Western grocery brands from cereals to snacks, chocolates, wines and spirits. It also offers consumer electronics and appliances, along with health and beauty products. It is currently the biggest reseller of imported quality products at very competitive prices in the Philippines. (https://www.coscocapital.com/segment.do?category_id=7346)
The list below is comprised with food choices deemed as basic, healthy and easy to prepare for an always on the go Yuppie. It also has essential products for grooming as well as electives for Summer (S&R Members’ Treat Sale – March) and Christmas/ Year-End (S&R Members’ Treat Sale – September).
For as long as we need to earn for our life goals everyday, we also have to eat in every meal. Thus, we also need to shop more budget- and health-consciously,
TIP: Get the items first. While the line at the check out counter is long, check the expiration date of the items.
G- Grains and Seeds
H – Healthy drinks (green tea, fruit juices, milk)
I – Ice Cream. Those flavors with nuts.
J- Junk Chips, Nachos
L- Liquor (for gift, stock for celebrations, for your minibar)
M – Masks (facial masks and wet wipes)
N- Noodles (From Japanese to Korean!)
O- Olive products (Olive oil for cooking, tinned olives for sandwiches and pastas). Olives are very high in vitamin E and other powerful antioxidants. Studies show that they are good for the heart and may protect against osteoporosis and cancer (https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods/olives)
P- Protein Bars
TIP: Try something new. Wide selection of items are waiting for you.
Q- Quick to prepare mixes ( pancake, pizza, canned soups)
S- Sauces and spreads (spices, condiments, dips, dressings)
T- Tomato ketchup. Tomatoes are the major dietary source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. They are also a great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate, and vitamin K (https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods/tomatoes)
U- Undershirts (S&R has a section for clothing too. I buy bundles of white V-neck undershirts once a year. Durable shirts for daily use so far.)
V- Vitamins and supplements
W- Whitening Toothpaste
X- Xtras (For March: Save on shopping for your Summer essentials. For September: Shop and save on gift items as well as Christmas decorations)
Z- Zen scents (Fumes that help you meditate and relax like spray, diffusers, candles)
HOW TO BE A MEMBER
Fill-out the information asked in the Gold Membership Application Form. The form is available at the Membership Counter inside any S&R Club Warehouse.
Present any one (1) of the following valid Identification cards with photo for each card holder: Passport, Driver’s License, SSS/ GSIS Digitized ID, PRC License, Voter’s ID, TIN Card, Postal ID, NBI Clearance. Any individual, 18 years old and above can be a Primary Member. Any immediate family member of a Primary Gold Cardholder, 18 years old and above with valid ID showing the same residence address as the Primary Cardholder, can be a Secondary Member.
Settle the 700 PhP Gold Membership Fee valid at all S&R locations for one (1) year. Extension card for 400 PhP is optional for the Secondary Member.
An Owner or Manager of a licensed business qualifies as a Business Member. Fill-out the information asked in the Business Membership Application Form. The form is available at the Membership Counter inside any S&R Club Warehouse.
Present any one (1) of the following valid Identification cards with photo for each card holder: Passport, Driver’s License, SSS/ GSIS Digitized ID, PRC License, Voter’s ID, TIN Card, Postal ID, NBI Clearance.
Submit one (1) of the following supporting documents: FOR SOLE PROPRIETORSHIP: Certificate of Registration of Business Name with DTI, Current Year Mayor’s Permit or VAT Registration Number. FOR PARTNERSHIP AND CORPORATION: SEC Certification of Registration, Current Year Mayor’s Permit, VAT Registration Number or Letter from the Head of the organization authorizing representatives. FOR A DIRECTOR OR MANAGER OF A COOPERATIVE OR NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION: SEC/ CDA Certification of Registration, BIR TAX Exempt Status or Letter from the Head of the organization authorizing representatives.
Settle the 900 PhP Business Membership Fee valid at all S&R locations for one (1) year. One (1) add-on card is FREE to yhe Primary Cardholder’s spouse, domestic partner, or any immediate family member over the age of 18 and living in the same household. Primary Member may add up to three (3) add-on cards at 400 PhP each.
Eat first, Take you vitamins. It will be a long day. A food cart selling your favorite S&R pizza, burger, salad and drinks roams around the grocery though.
Stick to the budget. Calculate. Compare. Shop with someone and share the price of the buy 1 take 1 items.
Expect it to be crowded. Members can bring 3 more adults and unlimited kids. The queues are well organized though, from the parking outside to the check out counters.
Get the items first. While the line at the check out counter is long, check the expiration date of the items.
Buy the regular/ basic food choices for 2-3 months supply. The S&R Members’ Treat Sales has the best offers for your hoarding goals!
This is also an opportune sale to try something new. Wide selection of items are waiting for you.
While the line is long, go back to those which are empty during your first round. It may got refilled.
Do not bring kids but think of them. Lots of sweets and toys on sale.
Separate a budget for gifts.
Owning the choices of food in your plate is a fortifying task as a person who is now finally in charge of thy self. That you are an adult. You are now earning on your own, eating on your own. Autonomous. Responsible.
Grocery shopping is as fun as it is fortifying too. Imagine! You are not that toddler anymore who needs to do a sales pitch (and say please) to mommy just to “add to cart” that chocolate or junk food on your hand. Freedom is fun (But be smart too).
Grocery shopping after all is a task for survival acuity. It is rewarding throughout your aging work-life “timeline” when you get better and better at doing it. For as long as we need to earn for our life goals everyday, we also have to eat in every meal. Thus, we also need to shop more budget- and health-consciously, as budgeted, as scheduled.
Eden is also now an adventure seeker’s natural playground.
Life’s unicycle where we simultaneously juggle work, personal affairs and sanity, causes us to faint sometimes. If you happen to be in that part of your routine where you are losing balance, startle more that adventurous soul and try daring your circus skills. Get out from the unicycle for a while and treat yourself to face-warpingrides.
How about teasing your circus skills of balance, agility, motor coordination as well as showmanship and physical comedy? Yes, you can not control those funny facial grimaces from the extreme stimuli when suspended at a 60 feet high cable, from a tower in an elevation 3,000 feet above sea level. All these in a day at one of the most popular and most visited mountain resorts in the Philippines today!
Eden Nature Park and Resort, or more commonly known as Eden, is a member of the JVA Group of Companies based in the Davao Region. It is located in Barangay Eden, Toril, Davao City, about 30 kilometers from the city proper and is situated at around 3,000 feet above sea level. A superb tourist attraction that offers tons of activities and amenities for all ages.
The moment you enter the Eden Adventure Park, the topography and the horizon you behold add to the thrill, where the sky rides are seem theatrically arranged. It is like a natural amphitheater where the towers of the rides are constructed at the lower part of the property. When someone is trying any of the extreme sky rides, a majestic horizon is on the backdrop while the spectators from the higher part of the park watch the rider at eye level.
It is like entering a outdoor circus venue where you can be one of the performers of the daring acts at some part of the show or just one of the contagiously thrilled audience watching the other day tour goers trying the rides. The spectators scream with you especially when the 90-degree Skywing is released.
Extreme Sky Experience Rides
Safety is Eden’s paramount concern. Trained attendants and operators ensure your safety. Your safety is significantly enhanced by securing you a body harness and safety gears especially ordered in France.
SKYWHEEL : The “German wheel”-like ride you see from the circus.
You should be atleast 50 kilos. Three wheels are available to travel at the same time.
SKYSWING: It is like flying trapeze, only with harness because you are not a pro.
“After Eco-tourism and Agri-tourism, a third leg – what we call as Adventure Tourism – was added to the resort’s activities. This was to make Eden also cater to the younger and more adventurous generation.” -Brenda Ocampo, Director of Sales and Marketing
SKYCYCLE : Artistic cycling and Slackwire balancing acts combined!
With 6 more lines from 2 when it opened in 2013, this ride is obviously a hit where artistic cycling and slackwire balancing skills are combined.
SKYRIDER: An aerial straps act without the acrobatics.
Since it started operations in October 1997, Eden has evolved from a simple nature park to a Davao destination offering a spectrum of relaxing things to do to heart pumping rides to overcome. It is definitely not just a nature lover’s paradise but also now an adventure seeker’s natural playground or contextually, an aspiring circus performer’s safely harnessed theater. Dangle safely before going back to life’s unicycle!
I am comparing my extreme sky experience to several circus acts to let the readers feel more how every ride feels. This does not necessarily mean that you have to try these like a circus performer. Dangle safely.